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Cross-examining a Winner

Intel Foundation Young Scientist Winner Philip Streich of Platteville, Wisconsin gets grilled by a judge.

Here are some interesting stats, courtesy of Intel: Out of over 1,500 finalists, there were 547 individual award winners. Of these, 235 were female and 312 were male. 129 were international, and 418 were US winners (including 8 from Puerto Rico and 1 from the Virgin Islands). Of course, this doesn’t mean the US is…

Shazam!

Another lightning storm during ISEF 2007 Lightning has blazed in the skies over Albuquerque almost every night here at Intel ISEF 2007, providing a dazzing and dramatic backdrop to the Fair’s events as they unfold. But the real electricity today wasn’t in the wild blue yonder; it was inside Tingley Coliseum, where the finalists gathered…

Awards Announcements

There are three major awards ceremonies at each Intel ISEF: Special Awards, Government Awards, and Grand Awards. The Special Awards were announced yesterday night, and the Government Awards results were released this morning. In these ceremonies, more than seventy corporations, government agencies, colleges, and scientific societies contribute awards based on their own selection criteria. All…

A Bump in the Road

Last night, many of us returned to our hotel rooms to find papers with a disturbing message slipped beneath our doors. It said, in short, that we had likely been exposed to measles, a rather unpleasant disease best known for the distinctive red or brown dotted rash it causes. An electronic version of the notice…

Public Servants

Ahhh, yes. After sleepless nights and days on end of stressing over project setups and judging preparations, what better way to kick back and relax than to stand at one’s booth for four hours taking questions from the general public and the media? It’s perhaps fortunate for everyone but the finalists that there’s not more…

How’s It Going?

Since no members of the media are allowed inside during judging, we waited until the finalists emerged for their lunch break at 11:45 and asked ten of them to tell us about their projects and their interactions with the judges. First up, we spoke with Joseph Stunzi, a 17-year-old from Athens, Georgia with a project…

Judgment Day

It all comes down to this. Though they hail from countries scattered far and wide across the globe, though they come from myriad different cultures and backgrounds, ultimately every ISEF finalist’s journey here has been the same. For each one, the path to this day, this moment, has been paved with sacrifice. For each one,…

Late Night Origami

It’s the night before the Intel ISEF judges inspect his work, and Ralph Jennings of Atlanta, GA has many sheets of paper left to fold.

Meredith MacGregor of Boulder, Colorado was one of the three winners of the 2006 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, which includes a $50,000 college scholarship. We spoke with her about her research studying the “Brazil Nut Effect.”